The ECHR judgment of October 22, 2019 in the case of Kuratov and Others v. Russia (application No. 24377/15 and two other applications).
In 2015, the applicants were assisted in preparing applications. Subsequently, the applications were consolidated and communicated by the Russian Federation.
The case successfully examined applications about the impartiality of the court examining the applicants' cases, the lack of sufficient time for the first applicant to prepare the defense, the consideration of both cases against the second applicant by the same judge, the third applicant's inability to question the police officers who instituted administrative proceedings against him . The case has violated the requirements of paragraph 1 of Article 6 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
In their applications, the applicants complained that the court hearing their cases was not impartial. One of the applicants also alleged that he did not have enough time to prepare his defense. Another applicant complained that the same judge had heard both cases against him. The third applicant alleged that he had not had the opportunity to question the police officers who had instituted administrative proceedings against him.
On October 22, 2019, in respect of the applications submitted by the applicants, the Court unanimously ruled that in the present case the Government violated the requirements of Article 6 § 1 of the Convention (right to a fair trial) in respect of all the applicants, and ordered the respondent Government to pay two the applicants 1,000 euros each in respect of non-pecuniary damage.